FDA warns parents to stop using teething tablets, gels associated with 10 deaths
BY TERESA WELSH
The Food and Drug Administration said consumers should not use homeopathic gels and tablets that have been linked to infant deaths and illness.
Children were found to be exhibiting symptoms similar to poisoning from belladonna, which has been used as both a poison and a medicine. A report of a child having a seizure after consuming the products led to an FDA investigation which found other cases where children experienced fever, vomiting, sleepiness, tremor, ...
Displaced with a toddler in tow
In early May, I came home from work to what appeared to be a rain storm swirling in our living room. An inch of water flooded the length of our first floor. Water dripped from the ceiling and poured like a waterfall from a light fixture that hung above the kitchen island.
The tank of an upstairs toilet had cracked spontaneously. As the tank kept trying to refill itself, water leaked through the crack and ran across two upstairs bedrooms down to the first floor. The restoration company we ...
WIN TICKETS: Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!
Triangle Mom 2 Mom is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a family four pack of tickets for Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! on June 4th.
Winning is easy and fun, just click on the image below and enter.
June 4th at 10:30 a.m.
Prize includes: Four (4) suite tickets, a VIP parking pass, food and drinks will be provided.
Graduations and Growing Up
It should not come as a shock that my kids are growing up. I feed them three meals a day. I buy them clothes in new sizes. But for some reason it doesn't always quite sink in that they are growing up. Not just growing, but growing up.
In the next several weeks we have two graduations - preschool and fifth grade. They are both excited to start the new chapters of their life, but it also has me realizing just how big they are.
Take me daughter. She is not 5' 2" and wearing clothes from the ...
Surrogate mom helps others realize joys of parenthood
Kirsten Langhammer has given birth to three sets of twins in the past four years. Not one of those babies is her own.
With each pair of twins, Langhammer fulfilled the dreams of a couple wanting to become parents. She loved becoming a mom and being pregnant - even labor and delivery. Using her self-described "magical uterus" to help create three other families has meant navigating a morass of legal, ethical and health issues.
On this Mother's Day, she was proud of not only her own ...
New study says spanking doesn’t work, makes children’s behavior worse
By Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune
A new study on spanking, considered the most complete analysis to date on the topic, finds the more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents, exhibit anti-social behaviors and experience mental health and cognitive problems.
"Spanking makes children's behavior worse," lead author Elizabeth T. Gershoff told me. "It has the opposite effect than what parents want: It doesn't make children better-behaved, and it doesn't teach ...
How to balance kids’ disappointments with a parent’s schedule
My heart sank as my sixth grader excitedly pulled out the permission slip for the field trip to the Gettysburg National Military Park – not because she couldn’t go, but because I knew what her first question would be: “Mom, can you come?”
The disappointment on her face when I had to say no mirrored my own. No parent wants to let down a child when it comes to attending field trips, classroom parties, sports games, recitals, concerts, plays or the many other activities that ...
Anxiety over switching daycares
Our two-year-old son has gone to the same daycare since he was four-months-old. We picked it for its great location, caring atmosphere, high rating and overall good vibe. Then we moved 30 minutes across town, and because we love the daycare so much (as does our son) we kept him there despite the commute.
I still work close to the daycare so he and I drive at least 30 minutes (on a good day) from home to school. But with the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project causing delays, the commute has ...
How do I explain NC’s HB2 to my child?
Question: How do I explain the current controversy over the bill recently passed in NC to my child? I don’t understand the concerns and am not sure how to help my child understand. What’s the issue with bathrooms that I am hearing so much about?
There has been a lot of local and national media attention surrounding the recent HB2 legislation in North Carolina, or the so-called “bathroom bill”, and is now being challenged in court. Media coverage has had people voicing their ...
When Two Became Three
To my husband and son,
I can't believe this day is already here. What seems like just yesterday was five years ago. You both have given me all I have ever truly wanted in this life, being a wife and mother. I am so blessed to have such a great family to care for and love who reciprocates the same. By no means has it been easy, but every single second has been worth it all. Nothing in my life is more fulfilling than being a part of our family. The joy the two of you bring me is unmatched. My ...